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|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
Despite being deaf Sang-guk never forgets to smile while he makes furniture for a living. Kyung-hee can’t hear either but with her natural beauty and outgoing personality, she enjoys her job at a sign language interpretation center. Between them they have hearing daughter Bora who is a film director and a son named Gwang-hee. When, after moving eight times since marriage, Sang-guk wants to move one more time, Kyung-hee opposes him. In filming the silent world of her parents, the director discovers new stories coming from herself and her younger brother, who both grew up moving back and forth between two worlds – one of silence and the other of sound.
Despite living in the world of sounds, the first language LEE Kil-bora, the director, and her younger brother Kwang-hee learned was
not words but sign language because they were born to deaf parents who lived in the world without sounds. Imagine how confusing
or strange it would have been for the kids, who began using their hands first before their mouths, to leave their parents and enter
the world full of sounds.
When she turned twenty, she realized and understood that having no sense of hearing doesn’t mean hearing no ‘sounds’. Since
then, she decided to create a special and silent world in her film. She disclosed her decision at the ‘Pitch & Catch’ in the IWFFIS last
year and won the Documentary Ock Rang Award and the Audience Award. This year, she finally screens her film Glittering Hands
for the first time, attempting to be a bridge between the deaf and the non-disabled.
The film invites the audience to the family when they joyfully sit around a Christmas tree after decorating it together. The lights on
the tree are brightly shining and the film begins with the sound of a huge applause, silent but glittering. We are welcoming this new
sensation, the world of sounds in which you can see, touch, and feel. [LEE Angela]
LEEKIL BoraLEEKIL Bora
LEEKIL Bora believes that being born to and raised by deaf parents has given her the best gift of storytelling. Glittering Hands (2014) is an award-winning documentary based on her stories of growing up moving back and forth between two worlds – one of silence and one of sounds. Her recent feature film, A War of Memories (2018) received the jury’s special mention for the Mecenat Award at the Busan IFF in 2018. She recently graduated MA program, Artistic Research in and Through Cinema in the Netherlands Film Academy.